From Marathon to Ultra

by rchackman

I finished the Chicago Marathon and wanted to keep training and racing. I usually like to leave an open window for part of my season. If Chicago felt like the end, I would have called it a season. If am hungry for more, I go on.

Well, I decided to go on and picked the 50 miler at the Tallahassee Ultra Distance Classic (TUDC) in mid-December. Between the marathon and TUDC, I wanted to get a 50K run (or longer) under my belt to prepare for the challenge of a 50 mile ultra. I eventually settled on the NYRR 60K, which took place on November 16th. It was great timing since it was about a month after Chicago and a month before TUDC.

Below are the weeks between Chicago and NYRR 60K. The first two weeks were about recovery and the next two were some quality training for TUDC.

Week 1: Monday, Oct 14 – Sunday, Oct 20

  • Run Miles: 10
  • Total Time: 7:40:00

Mon – 60:00 trainer Bike

Tue – 1:15:00 trainer Bike

Wed – 35:00 Elliptical

Thu – 30:00 trainer Bike

Fri – Rest

Sat – 2:20:00 trainer Bike

Sun – 10 miles (2:00:00)

Week 2: Oct 21 – Oct 27

  • Run Miles: 15
  • Total Time: 8:00:00

Mon – 45:00 Elliptical

  • 1:15:00 trainer Bike

Tue – 5 miles (50:00)

  • 40:00 Strength

Wed – 45:00 Elliptical

Thu – 4 miles (36:00)

  • 1:09:00 trainer Bike

Fri – Rest

Sat – 30:00 Elliptical

  • 30:00 Strength

Sun – 6 miles (60:00)

Week 3: Oct 28 – Nov 3

  • Run Miles: 50
  • Total Time: 8:50:10

Mon – Rest

Tue – 5 miles (50:00)

  • 30:00 Strength

Wed – 10 miles (1:36:40)

Thu – 5 miles (53:50)

Fri – Rest

Sat – 18 miles (3:00:00)

Sun – 12 miles (2:00:00)

Week 4: Nov 4 – Nov 10

  • Run Miles: 40
  • Total Time: 7:25:15

Mon – 50:00 trainer Bike

Tue – 7 miles (1:05:00)

Wed – 7 miles (1:15:10)

Thu – Rest

Fri – 6 miles (60:00)

Sat – 10 miles (1:41:00)

Sun – 10 miles (1:34:05)

Week 5: Nov 11 – Nov 17

  • Run Miles: 48 miles
  • Total Time: 7:35:38

Mon – 3 miles (30:00)

Tue – 4 miles (40:00)

Wed – Rest

Thu – 3 miles (30:00)

Fri -Rest

Sat – NYRR NYC 60K

Sun – Rest

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